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The Magic Wand of NCTQ: A Single Headline

by Elizabeth S. Keefe & Wen-Chia Chang - January 03, 2020

Education reform organizations, such as the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), leverage rhetoric to sway public opinion using sensationalized approaches. Language has long been a powerful tool of the education reform movement, perpetuating a false narrative about the United States’ “failing schools” and the “mediocrity” of U.S. teachers and university-based teacher preparation. NCTQ has a wide reach to education stakeholders via listservs and social media, and their arguments offer a straightforward and simple framing of problems and common-sense solutions. Problematically, however, their arguments are rarely supported with clear and accurate evidence. Despite this, their message remains pervasive and can affect policy. Educators must develop ways to combat these negative tactics; four strategies are proposed.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: January 03, 2020
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 23165, Date Accessed: 7/5/2020 7:39:46 AM

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  • Elizabeth Keefe
    Stonehill College
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    ELIZABETH STRINGER KEEFE, Ph.D., serves as director of graduate teacher education for Stonehill’s Education Studies Department.
  • Wen-Chia Chang
    National Institute of Education, Singapore
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    WEN-CHIA CHANG is a post-doctoral fellow at the National Institute of Education in Singapore.
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